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Grocery Store Manager Bags $50,000 Georgia Lottery Win

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

ATLANTA – A grocery store manager is ringing up a Georgia Lottery win. Eric Ogle played the instant game Jumbo Bucks Classic and won the $50,000 top prize.

Kathy’s, located at 560 Hwy. 301 in Trenton, sold the lucky ticket.

According to Mr. Ogle, he had driven a few miles away from the store when he pulled over and scratched his ticket. He was stunned to see that he won $50,000.

“I turned back around to ask the store clerk to confirm it,” Mr. Ogle says. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Mr. Ogle, 28, and his wife Lora have two sons – Tyler, 7, and Trey, 6. According to Mr. Ogle, he will use a portion of his winnings to pay off the family’s two vehicles.

A resident of Sylvania, Ala., Mr. Ogle works at Ider Foodland in Ider, Ala.

Mr. Ogle’s winning ticket is the second Georgia Lottery top prize ticket sold in Trenton in the last few weeks. A Fantasy 5 ticket worth $314,855 in the July 29 drawing was purchased at Hwy. 11 Quick Mart in Trenton. Dennis Holloway, a resident of Fort Oglethorpe, was the lucky Fantasy 5 winner.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7.6 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs. These include Georgia’s HOPE scholarship program; a statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds; and a wide range of technological and capital upgrades for the state’s schools, technical institutes, colleges, universities and public libraries.


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